I still haven't really seen a reason, other than price or business practices, to dislike Windows 8. I still feel the whole traditional desktop environment vs. tiles freakout is not that big of a deal. if the tiles suck so bad, somebody will create a third-party freeware that fixes it fine. I just can't tell what actual features people are really hating, and why? I get the criticism of the business practices, and changing the interface drastically...but functionally I am having a hard time seeing what the problem is.
Some of the traditional UI stuff has changed, there are sliders instead of checkboxes and the settings look different. But these changes had to be made for an OS to be both touch and mouse/keyboard friendly. I guess they could have only made a touch OS and left the desktop OS alone, that might have been better.
I see ^^^ that one of the complaints is that it's not that good enough to warrant a change from a business rollout point of view. That's a good point. I agree with them in that it's probably not worth the trouble to change. However, I will add that regular Windows is woefully touch unfriendly, so I'm personally looking forward to tiles, which I think is a pretty good idea for a touch interface. Also, I've used Android and was not terribly impressed by anything that it did, nor any of the devices running it, including the flagship Samsungs. I've tried iOS on the ipad and iphone and while the touch response is excellent, it's apple so it can't really do anything. There's no linux offering for touch yet. So in the end, if you are using windows to do anything productive, you don't have that many options for touch interfaces. It's basically android, ios, windows 8. And of the three, I'm looking forward to windows 8.
But again, this is purely a functional argument. I'm not talking about tricks to get people to upgrade, or forcing people to use the cloud office360, or compatibility with business applications, etc. Just as a touch-friendly OS, it seems to be a nice offering.